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Kings of the East

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OVERVIEW - The “Kings of the East” are identical to the “Kings of the Earth” and allied with the “beast from the Sea” – Revelation 16:12-19 . The contents of the “ sixth bowl of wrath ” present the reader with an image of an army led by the “ kings from the sun-rising .” This force launched an invasion from beyond the Euphrates River. The picture was derived from Old Testament prophecies about the overthrow of ancient Babylon by the “ Medes and Persians ” under the leadership of Cyrus the Great. Once more, God was about to employ a “pagan” force to destroy “ Babylon ,” only this time it was the “ Great Whore ” - End-time “ Babylon .” - [ Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash ].

Redeemed of the Earth

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The book of Revelation uses a variety of terms and symbols for the church that is under assault, both from within and without. The men and women who are redeemed from the earth form a company that transcends all national, social, and cultural boundaries. Tribulation is not an aberration but integral to what it means to  follow the “ Lamb wherever he goes .” - [ Photo by Paz Arando on Unsplash ].

Arrogant King of the North

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Beginning with the fourfold division of the Greek kingdom, the interpreting angel outlined the coming conflicts between two of the subsequent realms that culminated in the rise of a “ contemptible ” ruler. Previously, the rise and division of the Greek empire was portrayed in the vision of the “ Ram and the Goat ,” representing the kingdoms of the “ Medes and Persians ”  and of  “ Greece ”  - [ Photo by FERNANDO TRIVIÑO on Unsplash ].

Unsealing Daniel

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OVERVIEW - Unlike the book of Daniel, in Revelation, the scroll is unsealed. With the Resurrection of Jesus, the time of fulfillment had arrived .  At the close of his visions, an angel commanded Daniel “ to shut up the words and seal the book until the season of the end .” In contrast, in  Revelation , the scroll is opened to reveal its contents to the “ servants of God ,” beginning with John. While Daniel was told to “ seal the scroll ,” John was commanded explicitly NOT  to do so. The verbal parallels between the two incidents are deliberate - [ Photo by Taylor Wilcox on Unsplash ].

Lamb and Messiah

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OVERVIEW -  In Revelation, Jesus began his Messianic Reign following his Death and Resurrection  –  Revelation 5:6-10 .  The  book of Revelation  assures the beleaguered congregations in Asia that Jesus is reigning and remains in firm control of events, despite appearances or any hostility from the surrounding pagan society. His authority is based on his  past Death and Resurrection , which marked the commencement of his present reign from the messianic “throne.” Already, the kingdom of God is underway on the earth, and Jesus has full authority over life and death. - [ Shepherd - Photo by  Biegun Wschodni  on Unsplash ].

End of the Age - Parousia!

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The New Testament presents the return of Jesus at the “ end of the age ” as an event of great finality and power. His “ arrival ” in glory will be accompanied by celestial and terrestrial upheaval, the ushering in of the New Creation, the resurrection of the righteous, the judgment of the ungodly, the “ gathering of his elect from the four corners of the earth ,” and the cessation of death. Nothing will ever be the same again! - [ Photo by Jake Gard on Unsplash ].